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February 23, 2007
When God sanctions killing, the people listen
New research sheds light on possible origins of violent religious fundamentalism.

March GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY Media Highlights
Topics include: discovery of ancient Triassic bacteria with strong resemblance to their modern counterparts; relationship of increased atmospheric CO2 to storm frequency and severity; Southern Hemisphere recovery from the K-T impact event and mass extinction; movement of volatile compounds in Mount St.

Looking for life on Jupiter's icy moon Europa
If life exists on other planets, it almost certainly will be found where there's water.

AGU Journal highlights -- February 23, 2007
In this issue: Ground rises at Naples volcano; Unclouded water-vapor measurements; Irrigation cools atmosphere; Undersea landslide sans methane; When sea heights reveal deep pressures; Ocean mixing near Japan; Shear slip and deep earthquakes at plate interfaces; Greenhouse-gas rise may slow ocean circulation; Tidal mixing in Indonesian seas; Daily wind patterns in coastal ocean; Modeling Mt.Vesuvius' volcanic hazards; Troposphere-stratosphere mixed by typhoons/hurricanes; Summer echoes over Antarctica; Rapid Greenland-glacier shrinkage; CO2-caused ocean acidification may reduce shellfish populations.

Population pressure shapes urban parks
A study of 10 northeastern urban forests shows no sign that there is a common urban park plant complex, but does show that population levels affect both native and non-native species diversity, according to a Penn State study.

Human factors analysis reveals ways to reduce friendly fire incidents
The causes and possible mitigators of friendly fire are being studied by a group of human factors/ergonomics researchers.

FDA approves first and only stimulant prodrug VYVANSE as a novel ADHD treatment
Shire plc and its collaborative partner New River Pharmaceuticals Inc., announce the U.S.

Study: Inhabitants of early settlement were desperate to find metals
A new study provides evidence that the last inhabitants of Christopher Columbus' first settlement desperately tried to extract silver from lead ore, originally brought from Spain for other uses, just before abandoning the failed mining operation in 1498.

Lizards shout against a noisy background to get points across
Male Anole lizards signal ownership of their territory by sitting up on a tree trunk, bobbing their heads up and down and extending a colorful throat pouch.

Scientists, public health leaders call for coordination in HIV prevention research
According to a new study funded by an independent coalition of public and private sector scientists and public health leaders, HIV prevention research is hampered by gaps in some areas of research and duplication in others.

Fluid dynamics works on nanoscale in real world
In 2000, Georgia Tech researchers showed that fluid dynamics theory could be modified to work on the nanoscale, albeit in a vacuum.

Childhood weight linked to proximity to green space and food stores
Living in greener neighborhoods or in closer proximity to grocery stores is associated with reduced risk of being overweight, according to a study of more than 7,000 children ages three to 18 conducted by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine; the Department of Geography, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and the University of Cincinnati.

Rochester scientist wins major Alzheimer's research award
A University of Rochester researcher who is pioneering a whole new approach to Alzheimer's disease has been awarded a major national research award.

Irregular heartbeat linked to genetic mutation, Mayo Clinic study shows
Every day for 10 years, a seemingly heart-healthy 53-year-old woman experienced rapid and irregular heartbeats.

GenePOPS -- Sequencing Human History: The Genetics and Commerce of Personal Ancestry
Reporters are invited to cover the next Genetics and Public Policy Center's Genetics Perspectives on Policy Seminar (GenePOPS),

A path to the next generation of US banknotes -- Keeping them real
A path to the next generation of U.S. banknotes -- keeping them real, a new report from the National Research Council, identifies emerging counterfeiting threats linked to advances in digital imaging technologies.

The celestial whirligig
Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, has been delighting those who have seen it with the unaided eye as a spectacular display in the evening sky.

Louisiana Tech incubator start-up company gets $100,000 grant
A start-up company headquartered in the Louisiana Tech Technology Incubator recently received a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation.

Kids allowed to join groups for complex reasons
New research at the University of Maryland looks at why kids decide to include -- and exclude -- other kids from their group of friends.

Why even close associates sometimes have trouble communicating
Some of people's biggest problems with communication come in sharing new information with people they know well, newly published research at the University of Chicago shows.

1 in 3 boys heavy porn users, study shows
Boys aged 13 and 14 living in rural areas, are the most likely of their age group to access pornography, and parents need to be more aware of how to monitor their children's viewing habits.

2007 Joint Assembly in Acapulco -- Hotel booking opens
The 2007 Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union and 11 other scientific societies takes place in Acapulco, Mexico, May 22-25.

University of Leicester engineering modifications enhance aircraft safety
Leicester modifications effectively compensate for an inherent design limitation that has led to several disastrous crashes.

Northwest Atlantic Ocean ecosystems experiencing large climate-related changes
Ecosystems along the continental shelf waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean -- from the Labrador Sea south of Greenland all the way to North Carolina--are experiencing large, rapid changes, report oceanographers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the February 23, 2007, issue of the journal Science.

XMM-Newton's anniversary view of nearest detected supernova
Twenty years after the first detection of SN 1987A, the nearest supernova ever detected so far, XMM-Newton provided a fresh-new view of this object.

Timeline: Mars swingby at 36 000 km per hour
The timeline for Rosetta's speedy swingby of Mars on 25 February includes a series of slew manoeuvres, an occultation and signal blackout, an eclipse and some excellent opportunities for scientific observations. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to